Magazine article Work & Family Life

Greater Risk of Drug Use as Kids Start Middle School

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Greater Risk of Drug Use as Kids Start Middle School

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The risk of smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol and experimenting with marijuana rises when children move from elementary to middle school. Peer pressure and association with new friends were cited as leading causes by the Atlantabased National Parents' Resource Institute for Drug Education (Pride). Pride's survey of 4th- through 6thgraders reported that:

Cigarette smoking trebled: 7 percent of 6th graders said they had smoked in the last month compared to about 2 percent of 4th graders.

Beer drinking more than doubled: nearly 5 percent of 6th graders said they drank beer at least once a month, compared to 2 percent of 4th graders.

Marijuana use rose from less than half a percent among 4th graders to nearly 2 percent of 6th graders.

Part of the problem is kids' misperception that "everybody's doing it," which can be a motivator behind some of the drug use. …

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